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What’s New in Essential Studio for ASP.NET MVC

Essential Studio for ASP.NET MVC widens the scope for developing powerful web applications by adding stacking spline area chart types, ruler support for diagrams, and work week support for the Gantt control.


New control

The pager is a new ASP.NET MVC wrapper component that allows navigation among large amounts of data sectioned as pages. Includes an easily customizable UI.

Key Features

  • Option to navigate to the required page.
  • Options to navigate to previous/next/last/first pages.
  • Localization support.
  • Mobile friendly.


StackingSplineArea and 100% StackingSplineArea series

New series types Stacking Spline Area and 100 % Stacking Spline Area are added to the chart.

Datalabel Saturation

Support has been added for displaying the datalabel text according to its background color.

Multiple Spline Types

The chart control now supports multiple spline types for spline series.

Data Manager

Web API batch edit

The data manager supports Web API batch operations. Web API batch editing is a unique feature where requests to add, remove, and change are handled altogether at once rather than as separate requests for each operation.

Queryable data operations

The data manager allows a query to be executed against a specific data source by using queryable data operations. It can perform IQueryable server-side operations such as filtering, paging, and sorting.


Ruler support

Ruler support has been added to the diagram control.

Drag limit option for labels

Support has been added to align labels when dragging them so their relative position is retained after resizing their host objects. An option to restrict dragging labels within a certain limit has also been added.

Multiple parent layout

Visual representation and performance of layouts with multiple parents have been improved.


Content Control Support

DocIO now allows creating and modifying content controls in Word documents and provides a way to design documents with the following features:

  • Create a form-like user interface.
  • Prevent users from editing the contents of a content control.
  • Bind content to XML data.

Word-to-PDF Enhancements

  • DocIO now allows converting Word documents to PDF in Azure websites.
  • DocIO now allows converting Word documents with rotated images to PDF as they are originally formatted.
  • DocIO now allows converting Word documents with mirror margins to PDF as they are originally formatted.

File Explorer

Root folder configuration

Support has been added to access the root folder of the application and display alternate text in that root folder.


Work week

The Gantt control now provides support for changing the work week in a project.

Validate taskbar editing

It is now possible to validate the editing of the taskbars linked with predecessors.

Resource units

It is now possible to map resource units at initial load for the resources assigned to a task.


Provided support to change grid page size dynamically by using the page-size drop-down in pager.


Status show/hide option

Feature to show/hide cards based on key value mapping. It can group cards using key value and can toggle the display.

Mask Edit


The mask edit control now provides support for globalization in all supported cultures.

See Demo.


Compress existing PDF document

Reduce file size of existing PDF documents.

Tagged PDF

Provide accessibility support by allowing users to create PDF/Universal Accessibility (PDF/UA) or section 508 compliant PDF documents.

PDF Viewer

Handwritten signature

The PDF Viewer allows you to add your signature to any PDF document and save it as a standard PDF file.

Pivot Grid

Load on demand (Relational DB)

Load on demand support allows data to be retrieved only on drill-down operations, improving the performance of the control.

Paging (Relational DB)

Paging splits large records into separate segments to view data easily. It also improves the performance of the pivot grid.

Group by date type (Relational DB)

The pivot grid categorizes date-type fields and groups them based on year, quarter, month, and day formats.

Sort by date type (Relational DB)

The pivot grid supports sorting date-type fields in ascending or descending order.


Support to insert columns

Presentation now allows inserting columns in tables in PowerPoint presentations.

PDF and image conversion enhancements

Presentation now allows PowerPoint presentations with rotated and nested group shapes to be precisely converted to PDF or image formats.

Radial Slider

Localization support

Radial slider ticks and values can be localized based on culture. Can customize culture-based values.

Localized decimal points for ticks and value in “French” culture. {:.caption}

Rich Text Editor

Spelling checker integration

The spelling checker control can be rendered on iframe elements in the RTE, making it easy to find spelling mistakes and provide suggestions in both context menu and dialog mode. In dialog mode, a drop-down menu with a list of suggested words will be displayed. In context menu mode, a context menu with spelling suggestions will appear when right-clicking on a misspelled word.


Add/Edit Appointments Inline

The user can now create or edit appointments inline through a single click made either on the scheduler cells or on the existing appointment’s subject text. Pressing the enter key after the new subject text is typed into the inline-created text box will save/update the appointments appropriately.

Spell Check

Spell checking with synchronous request

The spell check control provides an option to check for spelling errors by sending a synchronous request.

Error word suggestions

The spell check control provides an option to pass the misspelled word to the client-side public method and then retrieve suggested words to correct it.


Support for charts with discontinuous ranges

The spreadsheet control can now import charts with series as discontinuous ranges or as series of points.

Tree Grid

Text wrap

The tree grid control now provides support for wrapping text wrapping in cells.

Load On Demand data binding

The tree grid control now provides support for data binding using the “Load on Demand” approach.

Command columns

It is now possible to perform CRUD actions and custom actions using the command column in tree grid.


It is now possible to print tree grid content.

Edit template

The tree grid control provides support for editing cell values with custom editors using edit templates.

Column priority

The tree grid columns are now made responsive using column priority.


Text Overflow

Text overflow support is provided for the labels in the Treemap control.


Filter Enhancements

  • XlsIO now allows the user to sort filtered data by text, number, cell color, and font color.
  • Provides the ability to filter data based on custom text filter.

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